Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pin, rod, or crosspiece fitted or inserted into a loop in a rope, chain, or strap to prevent slipping, to tighten, or to hold an attached object.
  • noun A device or an apparatus with a toggle joint.
  • intransitive verb To furnish or fasten with a toggle.
  • intransitive verb To alternate between two or more electronic, mechanical, or computer-related options, usually by the operation of a single switch or keystroke.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a pin placed through the bight or eye of a rope, block-strap, or bolt, to keep it in its place, or to put the bight or eye of another rope upon, and thus secure them both together; also, a pin passed through a link of a chain which is itself passed through a link of the same or a different chain.
  • noun Two rods or plates hinged together by a toggle-joint: a mechanical device for transmitting force or pressure at a right angle with its direction. See toggle-joint. and cut under stone-breaker.
  • To fix or fasten (itself in something) like a toggle-iron; used reflexively, to stick fast.
  • To fasten (skins) together with wooden pins. Modern Amer.
  • To lift or attach to a hoisting chain by means of a cross-bar inserted in a hole or angle.
  • noun A bar spanning (within) an opening in a tank or other structure, to which a lifting chain or sling can be secured in order to lift the structure. Also toggle-pin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Computer programming) To change the value of (a program variable) by activating a toggle switch.
  • transitive verb a harpoon with a pivoted crosspiece in a mortise near the point to prevent it from being drawn out when a whale, shark, or other animal, is harpooned.
  • transitive verb an elbow or knee joint, consisting of two bars so connected that they may be brought quite or nearly into a straight line, and made to produce great endwise pressure, when any force is applied to bring them into this position.
  • noun (Naut.) A wooden pin tapering toward both ends with a groove around its middle, fixed transversely in the eye of a rope to be secured to any other loop or bight or ring; a kind of button or frog capable of being readily engaged and disengaged for temporary purposes.
  • noun (Mach.) Two rods or plates connected by a toggle joint.
  • noun A toggle switch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A wooden pin tapering toward both ends with a groove around its middle, fixed transversely in the eye of a rope to be secured to any other loop, ring, or bight.
  • noun A kind of button or frog capable of being readily engaged and disengaged for temporary purposes.
  • noun nautical A wooden or metal pin, short rod, crosspiece or similar used for securing a loop in a rope or chain, etc. (often temporarily) to another, e.g. a sea painter to a lifeboat. (FM 55-501)
  • noun A toggle switch; a switch, usually with two positions, activated by a lever; an on/off switch.
  • noun Scouting A circle of leather, plastic (Cub Scouts) etc, resembling a napkin holder to keep the neckerchief in place.
  • verb to alternate between two positions using a single switch or lever.
  • verb to switch between alternate states.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a fastener consisting of a peg or pin or crosspiece that is inserted into an eye at the end of a rope or a chain or a cable in order to fasten it to something (as another rope or chain or cable)
  • noun any instruction that works first one way and then the other; it turns something on the first time it is used and then turns it off the next time
  • verb fasten with, or as if with, a toggle
  • noun a hinged switch that can assume either of two positions
  • verb release by a toggle switch
  • verb provide with a toggle or toggles

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Of uncertain origin. Possible alteration of tug (“to pull”) +‎ -le

Examples

  • The toggle is a little wooden case into which a peg, joining the ends of the two lower lines of the bridle, is set in such a way that a jerk on the line will free it, causing the log to lie flat so that it can be hauled in.

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  • The company sold $250 million of so-called toggle debt due in May 2020 on Nov. 20 that allows it to pay a 10.5 percent interest rate either in cash or notes for the first five years.

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  • The toggle is a concession of some sort to the extreme and to idealists about something other than privacy and phpBB's reputation -- people like me.

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  • The technology, called toggle-mode DDR, is also a rival to the

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  • The toggle is a concession of some sort to the extreme and to idealists about something other than privacy and phpBB's reputation -- people like me.

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  • The technology, called toggle-mode DDR, is also a rival to the

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  • Even testers with smaller hands, however, commented on the fact that the S780's back panel buttons feel a little cramped, making it hard to make clean presses (on every button except the appropriately large zoom toggle, that is) unless you're pretty deliberate about it.

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  • Even testers with smaller hands, however, commented on the fact that the S780's back panel buttons feel a little cramped, making it hard to make clean presses (on every button except the appropriately large zoom toggle, that is) unless you're pretty deliberate about it.

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  • And it's really interesting to watch her kind of toggle back and forth.

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  • BMW The interior features many design points such as toggle switches, an oversized speedometer and a curved dashboard and door panels.

    The 2009 Mini Cooper Convertible

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